Mnemonic comic for


zhǔ = zhu + Ø3: "dot" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 3) / see also 點|点[dian3]


This character shall be represented by a petal (丶) when appearing in other characters. Julian Giant Squid (zhu) is napping in the space station's living room (Ø3) and hugging a petal (丶).
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The character 丶 is used as component in many other characters. Let us use a petal in the mnemonic stories of those characters to help us remember that we need to use 丶 when writing them.

Although 丶 is not used as individual character, it helps to learn its pronunciation "zhu3" in case you want to type it. "zhu" is represented by Julian Giant Squid. Pinyin initials with "u" are represented by animals, and "zhu" sounds a bit like "g" in "giant squid". Julian is written as 朱利安 in Chinese which is pronounced zhu1 li4 an1.

We don't need an additional suffix, so the scene takes place in the space station. The best way to understand how this works is probably to go on reading more comics.

Matthias, 8 months ago

Shout out to Ralph from Pixabay for uploading his photo of a petal, which I vectorized to use in this comic. Thanks Ralph!

Matthias, 8 months ago

丶 character breakdown

The character 丶 cannot be broken down into individual components.

Characters with 丶 as component

spoon / ladle / CL:把[ba3] / abbr. for 公勺[gong1 shao2], centiliter (unit of volume)

= + : Mnemonic symbol: as 勺 should not be confused with 匕 (ladle), the mnemonic symbol for 勺 is a small silver spoon.

Sherlock Holmes (sh) feeds an elephant (勹) medicine in the aorta's kitchen (ao2). The medicine looks like a petal leaf (丶), and Sherlock Holmes uses a small silver spoon (勺) to feed it to the elephant.
surname Bai
white / snowy / pure / bright / empty / blank / plain / clear / to make clear / in vain / gratuitous / free of charge / reactionary / anti-communist / funeral / to stare coldly / to write wrong character / to state / to explain / vernacular / spoken lines in opera

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a white flag. The sun (日) is waving with a white (白) flag (白) in the airplane's kitchen (ai2) while Beelzebub (b) is beating them with a big petal leaf (丶).
(bound form) to divine / to forecast or estimate / (of a place to live etc) to choose

= + : Mnemonic symbol from "to divine" and the shape of the character: a voodoo staff.

Bruno Bear (bu-) tries to divine (卜) the future in the space station's living room (Ø3). He places a petal (丶) in the middle of the room as an offering and starts a magic ritual with his voodoo staff (卜). The staff transforms the petal into a dinosaur bone (丨). Bruno divines that the staff was trying to tell him that all things are mortal and must come to an end.
see 蘿蔔|萝卜[luo2 bo5]
surname Bu

= + : Mnemonic symbol: a jade bracelet.

Yu the Great (yu) and Martin Luther King (王) invented some kind of wrestling sport in the space station's bathroom (Ø4). Both fighters have to be restrained by large jade bracelets (玉) around their body restricting their arms to be aligned to the body. Then they fight. To make things safe they stuffed the space station's bathroom (Ø4) with cosy petals (丶) so that they won't hurt themselves.
"lid" radical in Chinese characters (Kangxi radical 8)

= + : Mnemonic symbol: 亠 looks like a beret. Tecumseh (t) is killing time in the Outhouse's kitchen (ou2) by playing a game. His goal is to blow a petal leaf (丶) into a beret (亠) by blowing air through a flute (一).
"roof" radical (Kangxi radical 40), occurring in 家, 定, 安 etc, referred to as 寶蓋|宝盖[bao3 gai4]

= + : Mnemonic symbol: the strokes of this character look like a graduation cap (宀). Marilyn Monroe (mi-) wants to go to the anthill after her graduation from university. In the anthill's kitchen (an2), her friends snatch away her graduation cap (宀), and instead put a cooking top (冖) and a petal leaf (丶) on her head.
self / oneself / from / since / naturally / surely

= + : A hand mirror, which someone uses to look at her- or himself. The Eye of Providence is looking at itself in a handheld mirror in the space station's bathroom. It think it's indeed looking very good, since Zorro attached a petal leaf to its eyes.
forever / always / perpetual

= + : Mnemonic symbol: as the advertisements tell us, diamonds are forever. I'll represent 永 with a diamond ring.

= + : Yu the Great just got the most romantic proposal ever! In engine, somebody prepared a water fountain and had a diamond ring floating on a petal leaf float over to her. Unfortunately Yu the Great doesn't know who the ring is from, as her lover drowned in the water fountain earlier that day.

Words with 丶

丶 is not used as a character in a word.

Sentences with 丶

丶 currently does not appear in any sentence.
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